Friendship Week

Join schools nationwide for fun and friendly human rights activities.

Set dates are 10th to 14th May but you can take part anytime.

With over 20,000 children taking part, Friendship Week is Ireland’s largest human rights education event for primary schools.

How it works:

1. Complete the sign up form
2. One week before the event, we will email you a link to download the human rights activity pack – see below for pack content.
3. This year your school can win a human rights books hamper! See below for more details.

Activity Pack 
Specifically tailored to Irish primary schools, activities help children to understand the meaning of friendship and to develop new friendships. Creativity is at the heart of our pack, allowing children to explore, express and respond to the themes through art, music, drama and more. Questions explore human rights issues and create class discussions. Activities are for a single class and for the whole school.

Connecting with communities
One of our initiatives for 2021 is to connect your pupils with families who are new to Ireland. Pupils write letters of welcome which are delivered to newly settled families around the country.

Online Resources
Within the pack, you’ll find links to further human rights resources. These include our Welcoming Communities toolkit and other resources designed and piloted by practicing primary school teachers for use in the primary classroom.

Help Friendship Week Continue
Your school could win a fantastic hamper of human rights books! This year, we are running a Friendship Week raffle. Families in your school could win a hamper of clothing and books with the added bonus of a hamper of books for your school. Take a look at our raffle page here.

Some of the fantastic prizes

Dates – 10th to 14th May
Dates for Friendship Week 2021 are Monday 10th to Friday 14th May but your school can take part at any time.

To take part in Friendship Week 2021, simply register here. Remember to click the submit button after you’ve entered your details

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Our teachers say:

“The children saw the value and really enjoyed the active learning that took place .”

Ciara Nic Mhaghnusa, Gaelscoil Thulach na nÓg, Dún Búinne, Co. na Mí

“The children got a kick out of trying to do random acts of kindness. ”

Séamus Grundy, St. Michael’s NS, Rackwallace, Co. Monaghan

“The children really embraced the concept and reported at the end of the week that it was much easier than they expected!”

Eimear O’Donovan, Reenascreena NS, Co. Cork